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Friday, April 29, 2016

The House of Hanging Jade by Amy Reade

House of the Hanging Jade
Contemporary Fiction/Suspense
Lyrical Underground (April 26, 2016)


A dark presence had invaded the Jorgensens’ house. On a spectacular bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, something evil is watching and waiting . . .
Tired of the cold winters in Washington, D.C. and disturbed by her increasingly obsessive boyfriend, Kailani Kanaka savors her move back to her native Big Island of Hawaii. She also finds a new job as personal chef for the Jorgensen family. The gentle caress of the Hawaiian trade winds, the soft sigh of the swaying palm trees, and the stunning blue waters of the Pacific lull her into a sense of calm at the House of Hanging Jade–an idyll that quickly fades as it becomes apparent that dark secrets lurk within her new home. Furtive whispers in the night, a terrifying shark attack, and the discovery of a dead body leave Kailani shaken and afraid. But it’s the unexpected appearance of her ex-boyfriend, tracking her every move and demanding she return to him, that has her fearing for her life . . .

What I Thought:

This was another great book from Amy Reade.  I have said it before and I will say it again, her writing reminds me so much of Phyllis Whitney.  There is suspense in the story and there is also good relationship elements in the story as well.  This one kept me on the edge of my seat.  There was so much going on in this book, there was no way to get bored.  Kailani was a very strong character and I really liked her.  If you are looking for a edge of your seat, page-turner, that has strong writing and relationships in the book, then this is the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About The Author
Amy M. Reade grew up in northern New York. After graduating from college and law school, she practiced law in New York City before moving to southern New Jersey, where she lives now with her husband, three children, dog, two cats, and a fish. She writes full time and is the author of Secrets of Hallstead House, a novel of romantic suspense set in the Thousand Islands region of New York, and The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, a novel in the same genre set outside Charleston, South Carolina. Her third novel, House of Hanging Jade, is set in Hawaii and will be released in April, 2016. She is currently working on the first book of a series set in the United Kingdom (expected release date in early 2017). She loves cooking, reading, and traveling.
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Raisin the Dead by Karoline Barrett

Raisin the Dead:
A Bread and Batter Mystery

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: InterMix (April 19, 2016)


The author of Bun for Your Life returns to Destiny, New York, where bakery owners and amateur sleuths Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams never crumble under pressure…
While the rest of Destiny is focused on the arrival of an upper crust perfume mogul, Molly is more concerned about what’s on the front page of the newspaper: her mother. Library director Anne Tyler was photographed at the most romantic restaurant in town having a cozy dinner with library advisory board member Philip Baldelli. But there’s more for Molly to worry about after Philip is found dead a few days later.
When Detective Sean Corsino zeroes in on Anne as a person of interest in the case, it turns down the heat on his budding romance with Molly. But after he’s injured during the course of his investigation, Molly and Olivia must step in to sift through the clues and clear Anne’s name.

What I Thought:

This was another great installment of the Bread and Batter Mystery Series.  Molly is such a great character, she is so tenacious.  In this book, her mother is a person of interest in the death of a member of the library advisory board.  Molly is determined to prove that her mother is innocent.  It doesn't help matters that she is in a romantic relationship with Detective Corsino, who is the one questioning her mother.  This is a well written story that flowed well and had a great plot.  The characters are very believable and likable as well, and so are the two lovable Bassett hounds in this story.   I am looking forward to more in this great series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About The Author –

I live in a small Connecticut town with my husband. When I’m not writing, I’m either reading, spending time by the water, taking pictures, traveling, indulging in social media, accompanying above-mentioned husband to New York Yankees games, or doing anything that does not involve math..

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Why We Need Secondary Characters
Recently, I saw the following quote by Jocelyn Hughes on Facebook, Treat all your secondary characters like they think the book's about them. It’s become one of my favorite quotes. 
Think about your favorite book, or series. Do you have a secondary character you love almost as much as the main one? My favorite secondary character is Lulu, Stephanie Plum’s sidekick in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. She’s sassy, funny, and doesn’t give a hoot what people think of her.
Of course, I knew as a writer that I’d have to have secondary characters. Can you imagine reading a book with only two or three main characters? It would get boring pretty fast!  I began thinking about why secondary characters are important, what makes them so special, why we need them, how to give them just enough to do so that they don’t hog the limelight, and what roles they play in my Bread and Batter series. I came up with this list:
  •  Most of us have a best friend, or two, that we laugh and cry with, and have fun with. Why wouldn’t I want Molly, my main character, to have the same thing?  Everyone needs a sidekick, a confidante, a best friend (think Lucy and Ethel)! Molly has Olivia and Emily.
  • In real life, we don’t get everything we want. We have struggles and we hit walls, sometimes. You definitely don’t want a perfect life for your main character (yawn!). You did a supporting cast! Secondary characters show up in so many roles in my series; best friend, love interest, killer, detective (can also doubles as the love interest), suspect, business partner, parents. If I’m going to build a fascinating fictional world that readers won’t want to leave, I need these people, even the bad ones!
  • They provide fresh points of view, and reveal personality traits about the main character in a new way. I file this under “show, don’t tell.” It’s a challenge for me to reveal Molly’s personality through other characters’ viewpoints, but I believe it’s important. It draws the reader in to the story in a deeper, more meaningful way.
  • Sometimes, a secondary character is an animal. Personally, I love dogs and cats in mysteries; they add a completely new dimension to the book, and most people are animal lovers, and can relate to a special pet.
  • Secondary characters shouldn't all be likeable, of course. No one’s perfect! Readers need someone to root against!
  • They provide sub-plots. If my book is a mystery, then my sub-plots tend to be about romance, or a crisis with one of my secondary characters, which affects my protagonist. I tend to think of my subplots as the underbellies of my books.
  • Secondary characters can take responsibility of carrying the whole novel off the protagonist.
  •  Finally, I firmly believe my secondary characters should have something to do, other than popping in sporadically. One of the challenges I face getting to know my secondary characters as well as I know Molly. But, it’s important that I do, because they have jobs to do, whether it’s moving the story along, enhancing the plot, causing trouble, or making Molly grow and change.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Silenced by the Surf

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Welcome to my tour stop for Silenced in the Surf by Kate Dyer-Seeley! This is book three in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series and released March 29th, 2016.

The tour runs April 4-15 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

SILENCED coverAbout the Book:

Covering a windsurfing competition should have been a breeze for reporter Meg Reed, but with a killer in the curl, she's headed for rough waters…

Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge is the windsurfing capital of the world, and Meg is stoked to cover the King of the Hook event for Portland's Northwest Extreme magazine. Before the competition gets under way, Meg has a chance to try some windsurfing on her own. But when the current sweeps her downriver, she spots a body snagged on the rocks. The dead man is Justin Cruise, aka Cruise Control, a celebrity windsurfer and not exactly a nice guy. It's soon clear his death was no accident, and Cruise had no shortage of enemies. As Meg dives right in to discover who wiped out the windsurfer, she'll need to keep her balance--or she too may get blown away.

What I Thought:

I can relate to Meg, I am not much of an athlete my self, and he bumbles at trying the extreme sports that she writes about for Northwest Extreme Magazine are, at times, funny, and she usually ends up getting herself into some trouble. This installment was no different.  Meg is covering a windsurfing competition and, as usual she finds a body. This time the body of a not very likable celebrity windsurfer.  This was well written with a lot going one to keep a person occupied.  Keep up the good work Katie.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

Praise For Scene Of The Climb

"A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie." --Library Journal

"A fun, terrific adventure." --Suspense Magazine

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 About the Author:

Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing. The first book in the series, Scene of the Climb, features the rugged landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.

Her work has appeared in a variety of regional and international publications including: The Columbian, The Vancouver Voice, Seattle Backpacker, Portland Family Magazine, and Climbing Magazine.

Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.


Signed copies of Scene of the Climb, Slayed on the Slopes and Silenced in the Surf, pink water bottle, Organic Clif bars, Sunscreen, Chapstick, Pink sunglasses & Gourmet lemonade.
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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell

Delivering the Truth
(A Quaker Midwife Mystery)

New Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Midnight Ink (April 8, 2016)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738747521


Quaker midwife Rose Carroll hears secrets and keeps confidences as she attends births of the rich and poor alike in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town. When the town’s world-famed carriage industry is threatened by the work of an arsonist, and a carriage factory owner’s adult son is stabbed to death with Rose’s own knitting needle, she is drawn into solving the mystery. Things get dicey after the same owner’s mistress is also murdered, leaving her one-week-old baby without a mother. The Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier helps Rose by lending words of advice and support. While struggling with being less than the perfect Friend, Rose draws on her strengths as a counselor and problem solver to bring two murderers to justice before they destroy the town’s carriage industry and the people who run it.

What I Thought:

This was a very entertaining read.  I really enjoy reading Edith Maxwell's writing as it flows so well.  I enjoyed this story because I really like the main character.  Rose is a wonderful midwife.  When there is a fire that destroys some carriage factories and other buildings, the chief of police asks Rose to keep her ears open for him.  Then the son of one of the carriage factory owners if found dead.  The murder weapon turns out to be one of Rose's knitting needles.  Rose has to try to figure out the killer  because some people in the town are treating her a pariah, and she doesn't want to lose business.  The plot of this story is a very good one and it kept my attention throughout.  There are many suspects I was kept guessing till the very end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. 

Agatha-nominated and Amazon best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day), and the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries (as Tace Baker), as well as award-winning short crime fiction. Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at

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The Detective and the Midwife

Top o’ the morning to you. My name is Kevin Donovan, and I’m the police detective right here in our bustling mill town of Amesbury, Massachusetts. We have our fair share of crime, but with some luck and some leg work, we usually get the culprit behind bars before too long.

We’ve had quite the spate of misdeeds lately, though, coming on the heels of what they’re calling the Great Blizzard of 1888. I daresay they’re much more than misdeeds, too. Why, a case of arson that burned down nearly all our world-famous carriage factories and killed a few men, to boot? That was a tragedy affecting the whole town. Along came a nosy midwife who thought she had a clue or two as to the firebug. Turns out she did, and I thanked her for apprehending the disturbed young man.

Worse was a murder, the body found on the rocks where the Powow River rushes over them downstream of the mills. Stabbed he, was, and I was obliged to call Miss Rose Carroll into the station about the murder weapon, which was one of her possessions. The silly young woman is one of those Quakers, always addressing me as Kevin instead of by my rightful title, and insisting I call her Rose. Well, my sainted mother would turn in her grave if I didn’t at least add a Miss onto the name.

And then, don’t you know, another citizen of our town met an untimely end a few days later. This victim was a poor young mother, whom Miss Rose had delivered of a bastard son only a week earlier. I worked both those cases as best I could, but I couldn’t manage to stop Miss Rose from conducting her own investigation on the side, much as I tried.

In truth, she can go places and hear secrets I’d never be privy to, spending time in ladies’ bed chambers while they are in the throes of childbirth as she does. Unfortunately, Miss Rose got herself and one of her pregnant ladies in quite a  pickle recently. But this midwife is both brave and clever, and somehow managed to turn the tables on her attacker shortly before my officers and I arrived.

I’ve reluctantly come to admire Miss Rose’s forthright manner and keen curiosity. Because she’s a member of the Society of Friends, she does talk in an odd manner, but she’s always honest and upstanding. I’ll accept bits of her help, as long as she stays out of trouble from now on.

Book blurb: For Quaker midwife Rose Carroll, life in Amesbury, Massachusetts, provides equal measures of joy and tribulation. She attends to the needs of mothers and newborns even as she mourns the recent death of her sister. Likewise, Rose enjoys the giddy feelings that come from being courted by a handsome doctor, but a suspicious fire and two murders leave her fearing for the well-being of her loved ones.
Driven by her desire for safety and justice, Rose Carroll begins asking questions related to the crimes. Consulting with her friends and neighbors―including the famous Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier―Rose draws on her strengths as a counselor and problem solver in trying to bring the perpetrators to light.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Braking for Bodies by Duffy Brown

Braking for Bodies:
A Cycle Path Mystery

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (April 5, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268957


Evie Bloomfield puts the pedal to the metal—in the latest Cycle Path mystery from the national bestselling author of Geared for the Grave.
Moving from Los Angeles to small, picturesque Mackinac Island to work in a bike shop might seem crazy, but Evie knows it’s the best decision she’s ever made. That’s not to say she’s gotten rid of all her stress; after all, the upcoming Lilac Festival has everyone in town riding in circles.
But things really go downhill when a ferry full of tourists—including Evie’s friend Fiona’s former boss, the editor of a sleazy rag in LA—arrives on the island. No one knows why Peephole Perry came all the way to Mackinac, but things aren’t looking good for Fiona when Peep is found dead. Now Evie has to gear up and get a grip on the truth if she wants to clear her friend’s name…

What I Thought:

This is the second book in the Cycle Path Mystery Series.  It was just as good as the first, Geared for the Grave.  Duffy is such a great writer that the story flows so well.  I really love this series.  Evie is such a hoot.  She really gets herself into some troubling situations. She is trying to prove that her friend Fiona is not a murdered when Fiona's old boss from L.A. shows up on Mackinac and gets himself done in.  Throw in Evie and Nate planning Erma and Rudy's wedding, Evie has a lot on her plate and it is very interesting how she handles it all, let me just say, there was some laugh-out-loud moments.  I also love the setting of this book, Mackinac Island.  There are so many quirky citizens that make this series so interesting.  But I like Evie the best.  This one had a lot of twists and turns in it that kept me guessing till the very end, and let me tell you, the ending was a huge surprise.  It is also interesting to see where the relationship between Evie and Nate will go. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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About This Author

While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy Brown longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. Today she conjures up who-done-it stories for Berkley Prime Crime and has two series, the national bestselling Consignment Shop Mysteries set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries on Mackinac Island.
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Hi Cozy Lovers...

Braking for Bodies, the second book in the Cycle Path Mysteries is set on Mackinac Island where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron. There are no cars, lots of horses, even more bikes and a dead body.

Not only is this a problem for the dead guy...who deserved to bite the big one...but for the businesses on the island. If word gets out that there’s a killer on the lose tourists will stampede for the ferry docks and leave!

To avoid financial catastrophe the locals pass the murder off as a mystery weekend at the Grand Hotel. The local police chief is not amused and tried to tell the tourist this is a real crime scene but they’re not buying it and isn’t that hunky policeman a great actor!

It’s hard enough to solve a murder but when the tourists are out to do the same thing and thinking this is all fun and games, mayhem goes right along with murder in a really big way.

So who is this guy that winds up dead right there in front of the Grand Hotel? It’s Peephole Perry all the way from LA and he’s a real piece of work. He got the name Peephole from sneaking around and getting the dirt on celebs in LA. He’d blackmail them and if they didn’t pay up he’d print the info in the Inside Scoop, a rag he owned and edited.

But want is the Peepster doing on Mackinac of all places? A get-away with his mistress? It might have worked if Peep’s wife didn’t show up. Maybe he’s after his fav reporter who lives there and she has the dirt on him and he needs to shut her up? Or maybe someone’s followed Peep all the way from LA and finally did the old sleazebag in?

Mackinac Island looks all calm and peaceful to the tourist but that’s just not the way it is at all. What calm and peaceful place have you visited? What was the thing you enjoyed most about it...or was it too peaceful?

Duffy Brown

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-Braking For Bodies  April 5

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